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Coltrane and Elvin, New York

1960, printed 1982 Roy DeCarava Born: New York, New York 1919 Died: New York, New York 2009 gelatin silver print sheet: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (27.6 x 35.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore © 1982, Roy DeCarava 1992.15.5 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

DeCarava photographed the greats of New York’s jazz scene throughout a career that spanned over half a century. He often used light and shadow to create order and set a mood in these portraits. The black-and-white images are intimate and capture the sublime energy of America’s preeminent jazz musicians among them John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday. In 1962, DeCarava compiled these photographs, along with his own poetry, into a handbound volume called “The Sound I Saw,” which was published in 2001.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Cityscape - New York New York

Performing arts - music - drum

Performing arts - music - voice

Portrait male - Coltrane, John

Portrait male - Jones, Elvin

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Roy DeCarava

Born: New York, New York 1919 Died: New York, New York 2009

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